I am rooted, but I flow

- Virginia Woolf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Yoga Alliance

Vinyasa Yoga

 

Vinyasa is the linking of the breath and movement in a flowing sequence. Moving with equal strength and ease. Focussing on the breath through transition and in each pose, enables you to create deeper self-awareness and freedom within your body. I focus classes on different themes and peak poses, taking into consideration the varying levels of all my students.

 

As a Yoga Alliance qualified teacher, I teach Vinyasa Yoga and will be introducing Yin Yoga from mid-August onwards.

Classes via Zoom

Until we can meet up again, I will be taking my classes online via zoom.

Classes I offer

Weekly Classes

Thursday PM Chill Out

5.30 – 6.30pm

Via zoom £5 per session

Rise ‘n’ Shine yoga coming soon…

Private Classes

Designed to suit your individual needs.

Via zoom £40 per hour

Group sessions also available

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Being a newcomer to yoga, having only tried it many years ago when I was pregnant and not really feeling it was for me at that point, I have found I love it! Jo’s classes are a source of calm, inspiration and revelation… I have come to realise how much I take breathing for granted, in fact I never really gave it a second thought until now! Jo has an engaging, open, non-judgemental teaching style and brings her personality to the sessions, subtly introducing the yoga philosophy into her classes in a natural and authentic manner.

Kate

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My Yoga story

I started my yoga journey about 15 years ago, practicing Hatha yoga in an office meeting room with a wonderful teacher called Sarah. I loved her style. Showing up with integrity, investing time in each of her student’s development and making it fun.

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Back then, I simply saw yoga as an extension of the other activity I did – running, cycling and gym workouts. Whilst I was aware that yoga was good for the mind, body and soul, I didn’t choose to consider my yoga practice as more than that of physical activity.

I’ve practiced a variety of yoga styles and classes over the years, including Vinyasa, Bikram/Hot Yoga and Hatha and enjoyed the similarities and nuances of each style.

 

My desire to understand yoga to a deeper level and to teach, came about when I met the wonderful Gemma Williams of Gem Yoga at a retreat in Devon in 2019. From the moment she spoken in our first early morning session, Gem opened yoga up to me in a whole new way. It felt like she was explaining it to me on a completely new and deeper level and I loved what I was experiencing.

So, I made the decision to sign up to do Yoga Teacher Training with Gem and from here, my yoga journey has unfolded far beyond how I imagined it would.

 

 

I started to approach the mat and see each session as a journey of discovery. Coming to the mat with kindness to myself, rather than pushing through each asana. Or having to always be the best of me and pushing my body beyond where it was at that point.

 

Comparison has been a bad habit of mine over the years. By removing this desire to feed my ego and compete with myself (and others) I have found my practice has improved significantly.

 

It’s also opened me up to exploring meditation and practicing this on a more regular basis. I now practice on an almost daily basis. I’ve realised that without starting my day with mediation, yoga and journaling, I don’t have the right energy, focus and balance to get me through the day.

Jo is a great yoga teacher who always considers every member and modifies each move if needed to ensure inclusivity for the entire group. I have seen first-hand how Jo has grown and evolved with yoga practice and as a teacher, she is hugely knowledgeable within the practice of yoga and shares this knowledge through each move to help you gain the most from it. Jo brings her bright, calm, and friendly tones to each class and I always feel calm yet invigorated at the end, I would highly recommend all of Jo’s classes.

Angelina

My top 3 yoga poses for Standing Tall

1. Tadasana / Mountain Pose

As the name suggests this pose is about standing strong like a mountain. To have complete connection to the earth, grounding through your feet, standing strong and tall. In taking your arms up overhead, increasing that sense of standing ever taller and stronger and connection to the space (ether) around you.

Benefits of this pose:

  • Starting point and preparation for other yoga standing poses
  • Helps maintain a healthy posture
  • Good psychological pose for feeling strong and grounded
  • Calms the body and mind
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2. Warrior 2 /Virabhadrasana 2

I absolutely love incorporating this pose into my yoga classes and sequences. The equal amounts of strength and ease in this pose, resonate with that sense of being a warrior. Standing strong, with purpose, focus and a sense of knowing.

Benefits of this pose:

  • Creates core body strength through your body
  • Strengthens arms and shoulders
  • Increase external rotation in your hip
  • Increases focus, balance and stability
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3. Reverse Warrior/Viparita Virabhadrasana

Another pose I love to share with my yogis. Transitioning from Warrior 2 into Reverse Warrior builds on that sense of strength, purpose and focus, extending your reach towards the sky. Ever taller!

Love how focused the dog is too!

Benefits of this pose:

  • Opens up the chest and side body
  • Strength legs
  • Increases focus, balance and stability
  • Improves flexibility in the spine
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